Hanh used to be a girl who went to school and dreamed of a better future, a future where she would be a fashion designer. Now she is a child labourer working in an illegal clothing factory in Hanoi. Life in the sweatshop is brutal; the hours are long, the rewards are non-existent and the food is poor. The supervisor is terrifying, violence is commonplace and sleeping on the wooden floor brings little respite from the horrors of the factory. Far from home, Hanh knows that if she ever wants to escape she must take action but when the chance presents itself will she have the courage to risk everything for her freedom…
The latest offering from Steve Cole is another challenging and richly rewarding read that allows children to experience the world through the eyes of others who are leading very different lives. Cole whisks children away to Vietnam, a county of many fabulous people and places, but also home to horrific factories that employ young people in slave-like conditions who manufacture clothing items that end up in many high street stores. A tension-filled plot of high stakes, daring doing, a brave fight for freedom and an exposé of what it takes to make those worn-look jeans leaves children in little doubt as to the true cost of cheap clothing garments.
Filled with relevant and challenging themes that are perfect for discussing with children of ten plus, Stitched Up is eye-opening, brutally honest and pulls no punches when exposing the truth behind the darker side of the fashion industry. It really challenges readers to stop, to think and to reflect on their choices and to be more conscious of how their clothes are manufactured. A lasting impression is sure to be left on many as they come to terms with the worrying consequences of cheap and fast-fashion.
As with all Barrington Stoke titles the book is published using dyslexic friendly font and colours so everyone can access this read. With huge thanks to the publisher for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 10+.